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Welcome to Vol. 38 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Your weekly Spanish learning with mp3s, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. Finally with the holidays over I have a bit more time to write the newsletter - ¡por fin! As the past few weeks have brought extreme weather conditions to many cities across the U.S., this week we take a look at words for weather. Que tengan mucho cuidado en los lugares donde va a hacer mucho frío esta semana... (be careful in the places where it's going to be very cold this week!)


Lesson of the Week: Weather - El Tiempo

You may be thinking "wait a minute, I thought tiempo means time..." - well that's true - but tiempo is also used to indicate the weather. The word clima is also used frequently. There are 3 words commonly used to make expressions relating to the weather in Spanish: HACE, ESTÁ, & HAY. Some words like sol and viento can be used with more than one: hace sol, hay sol; hace viento, hay viento.

está...

hace...
está nevando it's snowing hace calor it's warm
está lloviendo it's raining hace sol it's sunny
está nublado it's cloudy hace fresco it's cool
esta despejado it's clear hace frío it's cold
       

hay...

el tiempo está nublado y hay relampago!
hay lluvia there's rain
hay nieve there's snow
hay viento there's wind
hay neblina there's fog
hay nubes there's clouds
hay relampago there's lightening
hay truenos there's thunder
hay humedad there's humidity

Practice saying the following sentences OUT LOUD!

Hay un montón de neblina - es peligroso manejar
There's a ton of fog - it's dangerous to drive
Humedad relativa es muy alta, un ochenta %.
The relative humidity is very high, about 80%.
Ayer era parcialmente nublado
Yesterday was partially cloudy
La temperatura es menos ocho grados - ¡qué frío!
The temperature is minus 8 degrees - it's cold!!
Es lindo hoy - el cielo está despejado y no hay nubes
It's beautiful today, the sky is clear and there are no clouds
Hoy el día está mayormente nublado
Today it's mostly cloudy
Cancelamos el partido porque hay tormentas aisladas
We are cancelling the game because there are scattered thunderstorms

Worksheet: The Weather

Quiz: The Weather - El Tiempo


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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Belize and practice your Spanish!

Belize

One of the hottest scuba diving destinations of the W. hemisphere, most people don't know that the official language of this small Central American nation is actually English! However due to its proximity to Spanish neighbors such as Guatemala & Mexico, Spanish is also spoken widely in Belize. Aside from aquatic adventures, Belize has tons of Mayan ruins and offers plenty for the traveler looking for a more rustic journey. To read more including some history, check out the Lonely Planet Online.


Spanish Teaching Tool of the Week

read more about the Speak Spanish Software Program

 

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212 page flashcard booklet w/ 45 minute CD

Speak in a Week is a cute, well organized flashcard & audio program that gives you many of the basics of the grammar as well as a good selection of phrases based on themes like "likes and dislikes, greetings, eating," etc. There is quite a bit of instructional material in the user friendly color flashcards - containing Spanish on one side and the English on the other. The cards are all contained in a small ring binded format so you don't have to worry about misplacing the cards. click to buy for $23.99 Click to read more....

Spanish Kids Pack
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